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SOAS Professor Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism receives £1 million for project on Zoroastrianism

ZTFE is delighted to share the wonderful news that, SOAS Professor Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism has recently received just under £1 million grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a project on Zoroastrianism. Please go to:

Professor Hintze informed the ZTFE; “This would not have been possible without the amazing work of Dr Yousef Moradi, who excavated the bullae.”

Earlier this year, ZTFE Faridoon & Mehraban Zartoshty Brothers Fund for Zoroastrian Studies’ awarded a grant to Dr Yousef Moradi towards his post doctorial research at SOAS.

Also mentioned in the same SOAS Staff Bulletin, Tuesday 20th December 2022:

  • Steve Tsang and Burzine Waghmar were invited by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Indo-Pacific to deliver briefings at the House of Commons on 14 Dec as covered by Asian Lite and Dev Discourse.


Burzine Waghmar, inaugural Visiting India Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London, comments on the Legacy Lessons for the Indo-Pacific & Quad. He urged the UK to become a partner with the Indo-Pacific alliance and play a role both in the diplomacy and the maritime security of the region. Mr Waghmar is also the South Asia and Arts & Humanities Librarian; and academic affiliate at the Centre for Iranian Studies, Centre for the Study of Pakistan and SOAS South Asia Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (SOAS).

Prof Steve Tsang, the current Director of the SOAS China Institute at the SOAS University of London, spoke about the need for the UK to have a clear and well-defined Indo-Pacific Strategy in light of the resurgence of China and its implications for the Indo-Pacific region as a whole. Prof Tsang also spoke about the Chinese perception of the western alliance and diplomacy in the region and the need to continue to engage with China, but on the terms of global world order.

Prof Tsang is also a political scientist and historian whose expertise includes politics and governance in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, the foreign and security policies of China and Taiwan, and peace and security in East Asia

Parsi Book – Jarthostio ni rojindgi bandagio

Our daily Kusti prayers from Khordeh Avesta are published with its explanation in Gujarati language in this little book “જરથોસ્તીઓની રોજીંદી બંદગીઓ – ખોરદહ અવસ્તા” (ગુજરાતીમાં સરળ સમજૂતી સાથે). Some of my Gujarati articles are also included in this book with a noble aim of increasing faith in our good religion.

Rayoman Ilavia

Click Here to download the book in PDF format




For You And Your Family
ON JANUARY 1, 2023
Vohukshatra Gatha Yasna Ha 51.1

For The First Time, 
In The History Of BaHumata
We Will Be Featuring A
Special TanDorosti Prayer From Our Motherland Iran
In the Inspirational And Vibrational Voice Of
Mehrbanou (Mima) Goodarz from USA
We Are Also Featuring Our Keynote Speakers
Vada Dasturji Cyrus Dastur From Surat, India
And Senior ZTFE Trustee Rusi Dalal From UK
We Are Also Featuring Two Outstanding Zarathushti Youth
Niayesh Namdar from Iran & Canada
And Mobedyar Ashkan Semyary from Iran & USA
Do Join Us For This Very Special Webinar 
With Our BaHumata Super-Stars 
Vada Dasturji Cyrus Dastur (India)
Mobedyar Ashkan Semyari  (Iran & USA)
Mehrbanou (Mima) Goodarz (Iran & USA)
Niayesh  Namdar (Iran & Canada)


Rusi Dalal (United Kingdom)


This 25th Thought Provoking Inspirational Webinar 
Will Be Conducted By
Our Very Own Zarathushti Neuro Scientist 

from Cambridge University in United Kingdom

Dr. Karishma Koka, PhD 

Founder, Host And Moderator of Ba Humata

Please Reserve Your Time For A Milestone Experience Of Your Life.


On Sunday, January 1, 2023

8:00 AM Pacific Time

11:00 AM  Eastern Time

4:00 PM UK Time

7:30 PM Iran Time
8:00 PM  UAE Time
9:00 PM Pakistan Time

9:30 PM India Time

Perth Australia, Singapore And Hong Kong Time

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Meeting ID: 834 0882 6220

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Webinar – Entrepreneurship with Integrity

Please join us to build a dialogue around Entrepreneurship with Integrity in the first WZCC Spotlight of 2023.

The audience will be invited to share take-aways and questions. 

We are grateful to Mr. Zaiwalla for this discussion on his journey of Entrepreneurship, which is a follow up on his previous conversation in

‘‘The Zoroastrian Legacy’ where he discussed his inspiration from Zoroastrian values towards ‘One World and One Humanity’.


Meeting ID: 893 9479 9617       Passcode: HONOUR

This 92-year-old’s life mantra will simplify your worries and make you smile today

Shared on LinkedIn by Sanjay Mudnaney, the post details the story of a 92-year-old Parsi gentleman named Mr. Keki. Mudnaney wrote about how he met Mr. Keki at a Starbucks and chatted with him about life and its struggles.


In recent times, all of us have a huge baggage of worries that we have to carry on our shoulders. Be it the stress of paying back your education loan or simply worrying about your ageing parents, the tension seems never ending. And since society has become extremely fast-paced, people have stopped interacting with each other to share their problems.


That’s when the wisdom imparted by elderly people comes in handy. We know that they may not be that much up to date with technology, but they surely have enough life experience to tell you a lot of human emotions. And to prove that fact, let us present to you the story of this amazing 92-year-old.

Shared on LinkedIn by Sanjay Mudnaney, the post details the story of a 92-year-old Parsi gentleman named Mr. Keki. Mudnaney wrote about how he met Mr. Keki at a Starbucks and chatted with him about life and its struggles. After a brief conversation, Mudnaney was taken aback by a simple solution given by Keki to a huge tension almost all of this generation suffers from.

“I met a 92 year young gentleman at Starbucks. He takes a auto rickshaw to get to Starbucks and back to his home, he is frail , walks with a stick , but he always comes by himself , and orders his cup of coffee. Mr Keki a Parsi gentleman, shared pearls of wisdom from his 92 years of life , his enthusiasm for life is infectious . The first and most important principle he has lived by is – be honest , do honest work. ‘I never chased money,’ he says,” read a part of the story.

Now we know what you are thinking. In this money-minded world, it is tough not to chase dollars because everything depends on it. But wait and read till the end for Mr. Keki’s priceless advice.

The post has garnered over 23k likes and tons of reactions. People couldn’t stop exclaiming at the simple solution to a lot of problems one faces in their lives.

Did this advice help you as well?


By Srimoyee Chowdhury

Ancient Parsi Recipes Come to Life in This New Cookbook From Chef Farokh Talati

“I decided to write this book out of a sense of duty,” says Farokh Talati. The head chef at London’s St. John Bread and Wine may have spent his career working in the U.K.’s most venerated kitchens (with the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Angela Hartnett, to name a couple), but Talati looks inward at his family history with this latest project—a new cookbook titled Parsi: From Persia to Bombay: Recipes & Tales from the Ancient Culture, out December 6 (Bloomsbury).

Parsi culture has early roots, dating back to the 7th century when a group of Zoroastrians, a pre-Islamic religious group, fled persecution in present-day Iran and eventually landed on the west coast of India, in the town of Sanjan. Their language, way of life, and culinary traditions mingled with local customs, creating what is today known as Parsi culture.

Talati grew up in a Parsi household in London, and his first cookbook feels like an artful heritage project—a show-and-tell of the recipes he was raised with, the dishes his parents ate in India before emigrating to the U.K., and present-day Parsi home chefs in Mumbai, where most Parsis live today. It’s inspired by his own travels back to India to learn more about his roots, but fosters a mission of showcasing and preserving Parsi cuisine—for those who’ve never heard of it, and for new generations of Parsis alike. “This book represents a very important aspect of the Parsi community and shows it to a new audience,” says Talati. “My hope is that Parsis who do not know how to cook the foods their mums, dads, and grandparents used to cook will pick up this book and learn to make these dishes and reconnect with their heritage.”

Whichever camp you fall into, the stories and 150 recipes that adorn this book’s pages offer ample inspiration. There are lamb stews, quails stuffed with biryani, mango desserts, and even tips on how to crack coconuts open at home. (Talati’s favorite recipe is Dinaz Aunty’s curry; more on that below.) There are also images of Parsi libraries and places of worship; informal breakfast cafés and markets. Importantly, though, the book provides a portrait of the Parsi community, and what their culture looks like in today’s India—not to mention the Parsi dishes to seek out on your next trip.

Below, we share a selection of images from the book, taken across the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the stories behind them—courtesy of Talati.

Click Here to view more, including some stunning photographs


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